For those of you that are interested, we are seriously considering having a CSA this year. A CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The idea is that a group of families purchase "shares" in the CSA early in the season or before the growing season starts. This helps offset the costs that the farmer has at the beginning of the season in terms of seeds, plants, fuel, general farm upkeep. The families in return get local produce delivered to a predetermined location each week for the growing season. The families and the farmer share in the risks as well as the bounty of produce that comes with each growing season.
Most CSA's offer anywhere between 6 and 10 different items each week for about 24 weeks. Depending on the time of the season the variety may be more or less. For example, in early May a family might expect to get a delivery that is heavy on the cool season veggies like greens, lettuce, and radishes.
I plan on being able to offer a wide variety of produce that is organically raised (although we are not certified). More about certification in a future blog.
If you would like more information, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check back at the blog, where I will post some more details when it is more finalized.